Sweetwater Festive Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
805 Ratings
Sweetwater Festive AleSweetwater Festive Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A strong ale brewed with generous amounts of rich malt, coupled with a taint of cinnamon and mace

Added by purplehops on 11-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
805
Reviews:
300
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
177
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 805 |  Reviews: 300
Photo of atsprings
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Flying Saucer Raleigh on Dec. 3 served in a standard pint glass and reviewed from notes. The beer was served a dark brown that showed ruby highlights when held to light and sported a barely there disappearing head. The aroma was sweet malts and a hint of spice. The taste is slight sweet malts and alcohol, not much there. The beer is somewhat heavy a bit overly sweet. This one is tolerable, but a huge disappointment.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Mr_Kimchee: Poured a dark black color beer with a medium off-white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of dry roasted malt with some faint spices. Taste is dominated by roasted malt with a very dry finish. I could not detect very much spice presence overall though and was surprised by the fact that this is classified as spiced beer since I honestly though it was a porter.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of 100200300
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of EigenBeer
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Jobin_24
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pretty decent beer, sweet water has some solid beers.

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Photo of masterofsparks
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Kerne
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Daniel1973
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of jonathaniler
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of bmeGT
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not quite what I was expecting.

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Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of jriggins6
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of RWNewhouse
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Beers9beers
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of forrestmoons
3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Malacant
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a good clash of flavors. Good smell, bad taste.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Scott for this 2010 Holiday gift to the JamMin Shack!

Dark coffee in color with respectable head and cap.
Strange aroma. Spicy, Jagermeister?, liquor? Licorice? Mace? Medicinal? Strange indeed, unpleasant but unique.
Tastes like a dark winter warmer, porter like with a dash of spice and cinnamon/pepper heat.
Medium body and body, spicy finish.

Tastes better as you warm up to it, just not my type of beer.
Share-able? Yes
Will I ever buy it? Nope.

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Photo of Zorro
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Massive 33 Oz bottle received from LuckySevens82 and BIF33 - Team Spring.

Vintage 2005 Bottle # 804 of 7200. Hard wax dipped flip top bottle.

Exceptionally dark brown beer that is very close to black. Only thing that makes it not black is the small amount of light that can be passed through the edges. Near no head just a tan ring around the edges of the glass.

Smell is a bit sour with lemon and ginger and something like the smell of Coke a cola. Bit of alcohol and pepper in the scent.

Taste is mildly sweet and sour with a good chocolate and coffee taste with some spices added. Decent bitterness kicks in after a while. Something tastes off here. Mouthfeel is OK.

Not my favorite beer here. Just seems off. Not recommended.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I purchased this big-ass bottle (33.8oz) from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville around Christmas '08. (Sweetwater brews aren't available in the Durham area, but they can be found in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.

It pours a very dark brown with a rich, thick, deep tan head that lasted for some time. Aromas of bright cherry, caramel, dark chocolate, and alcohol are noted. The flavor is bright indeed, with sweet, dark fruit dominating the front and middle of the profile. The finish is a bit hoppy, and a slight coffee essence lingers here and during the aftertaste. It's certainly more malty than I expected.

It's a nice beverage, although it's not like any winter warmer I've ever had. Very interesting and worth trying again.

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Photo of kwkdmk
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a pint glass at Pub 71 (Atlanta, GA):

The beer appeared a deep brown with red hints around the edges when held up to light. It had a tan-ish color head, no retention, no lacing to speak of.

Not much of an aroma, slight malt, that was about it.

The taste is decent, a nice roasted malt taste, with some hints of something sweet and some other spices, none really to strong to mention.

Beer has medium to light body, carbonation level was decent. It was smooth and drinkability is average, I could have another or not. Leaves malty bitter aftertaste. I think the next time that I visited the establishment, I went with something else.

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Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 805 ratings.
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